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post #16 of 35
Chopin for me as well. Although I must say it's hard to pick just one.
post #17 of 35
I made a mistake. I meant Chopin.
post #18 of 35
Thelonious Monk
post #19 of 35
Gyorgy Ligeti
post #20 of 35
I think you forget Giacinto Scelsi "Suites for piano".
post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by Assorted View Post
Bach
As far as I know the piano was not around yet when Bach lived.
Actually it was, but it was not used in public performances until much later. Bach never composed for it. He probably never even heard one.
post #22 of 35
Alexander Scriabin for me.
post #23 of 35
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Originally Posted by Kees View Post
As far as I know the piano was not around yet when Bach lived.
Actually it was, but it was not used in public performances until much later. Bach never composed for it. He probably never even heard one.
Read carefully, the OP said keyboard on the first post.

In fact, Bach did try the pianoforte and he didn't like it, along with many of the famous Silbermann organs. But only God knows what he could've done with a grand piano. Just look at his slow orchestral pieces, lyrical expression, totally not "sterile" as some people would call his works. If he was only alive for another 100 years...
post #24 of 35
My reflex is to say Bach, but I think Chopin has edged him out in the last decade, which is to say I play "The Nocturnes" a lot more now than I used to. I've given it more as a gift, too.
post #25 of 35
This was a very difficult question for me; you have Bach who is widely considered the "old-testament" of keyboard music, you have Mozart who defined clcassical piano with his concertos, and you have Liszt and Chopin who are the epitome of Romantic piano.

Ultimately I have to give the the nod to Beethoven. He transcended genres, and I truly think he is the greatest musical mind to ever grace this earth. The Diabelli Variations combined with the 32 Piano Sonatas stand on their own special level, and I consider them unrivaled.

That being said, I have to give honorable mentioned to Liszt. I think too often he is denied the credit he deserves for really making the solo piano important, and his catalog is munmental, and loaded with masterworks. I have the Leslie Howard's complete Liszt recordings, which span about 100 discs, and they simply leave me in awe.
post #26 of 35

Chopin . . .

. . . but it could have been Liszt had I been a particularly indulgent mood. Of course the late Beethoven sonatas are great, but the string quartets are greater by a long shot. Since Bach wrote no piano music, I'll restrict my vote to composers who did.
post #27 of 35
Oops - you are right. Upon reviewing very carefully the original post, the interior question (NOT in the title, which clearly said "Solo Piano") the poster did say "solo piano/keyboard" music. These are two entirely different questions IMO.

This was meant to be in response to "Assorted."
post #28 of 35
I thought you did a good job of presenting everybody, although inevitably someone will be missing. In this case, I'd add John Ireland. His music seems especially appropriate to autumn, which is upon us very soon.

If I had to make one of those desert island choices, I'd probably bring Debussy. But, there's so much great music there.
post #29 of 35
Joe Hisaishi for me.
post #30 of 35
Tough question, it was a toss up between Chopin and Beethoven for me. I've heard my mother play pieces by both composers so many times it's hard for me to decide. In the end I went with Beethoven because I remembered how much I love the Waldstein sonata.
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